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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It has the interesting quality of actually being about something that not many shows are about: the push-pull of aging as a tough thing in some moments and a really fortunate, glorious thing in others "

Posted Mar 31, 2015

Linda Holmes

2 91%

The Salt of the Earth (2015)

" Wenders, hoping to illuminate not just these images but the man who made them, has found an intriguing way to capture both Salgado and his work simultaneously. "

Posted Mar 31, 2015

Bob Mondello

3 91%

The Salt of the Earth (2015)

" It looks lovely, yet Wenders' worshipful account of Salgado the man feels like a tale half told. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

Ella Taylor

4 30%

Get Hard (2015)

" It's still ultimately a disposable work, but at least while it's going, it hits hard. "

Posted Mar 26, 2015

Andrew Lapin

5 84%

While We're Young (2015)

" Noah Baumbach's best movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, While We're Young navigates into more mainstream territory while losing none of the writer-director's rueful wit. "

Posted Mar 26, 2015

Mark Jenkins

6 67%

The Riot Club (Posh) (2015)

" It's all quite superficial, but never less than gripping, and is aided by an ending that at least doesn't compromise too much-the movie finishes with a smirk more than a smile. "

Posted Mar 26, 2015

Tomas Hachard

7 73%

Danny Collins (2015)

" Al Pacino as a jaded, aging rocker re-juiced by a road trip to settle accounts with himself and his long-lost family? By all means roll your eyes - the star has one brow goofily raised himself - but don't give up on Danny Collins. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Ella Taylor

8 88%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

" Is the story, and its heroine's fate, a fairy tale or a delusion? If the former, the movie is as sweet as a Disney-inspired anime. If the latter, Kumiko is deeply sad. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Mark Jenkins

9 13%

The Gunman (2015)

" A dum-dum action picture that briefly pretends to be about world aid before returning to muscular, middle-aged men beating the snot out of each other. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Andrew Lapin

10 85%

Jauja (2015)

" The film is expansive, pushing the ideas that Alonso has probed in the past further than he has ever taken them. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Tomas Hachard

11 87%

Community: Season 6 (TV, 2015)

" Brewster is a versatile comic actress with a great feel for blasts of absurdity, and she quickly proves to be a great fit for Community's tendency to whip back and forth between banter comedy and straight-up foolishness. "

Posted Mar 17, 2015

Linda Holmes

12 96%

It Follows (2015)

" From the opening moments, the one thing clear about It Follows is that it will not follow in everyone else's footsteps. "

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Bob Mondello

13 92%

The Wrecking Crew (2015)

" The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Ella Taylor

14 85%

Cinderella (2015)

" Young children are guaranteed to love this, even though it's rated PG for no reason (fine, "mild thematic elements"). "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Andrew Lapin

15 76%

3 Hearts (2015)

" Aside from the lead actresses' performances, what drives the movie is energetic, elliptical storytelling and humorous asides. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Mark Jenkins

16 96%

It Follows (2015)

" Can one perfectly-executed shot redeem the less successful earlier attempts? In this case, after the initial awe wears off, the effect is the opposite: it only makes you realize how much more there was to mine from Mitchell's premise all along. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Tomas Hachard

17 31%

Chappie (2015)

" Chappie, the robot, gets smart. Chappie, the movie, stays very, very dumb. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Chris Klimek

18 40%

Two Men in Town (2015)

" The movie's melancholic, atmospheric tone, coupled with a muted performance from Whitaker, offers a new way into the material. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Tomas Hachard

19 24%

October Gale (2015)

" Feels cut from the cloth of a romance novel for middle-aged respectables, with a fatally under-motivated thriller clumsily tacked on to jazz up the action. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Ella Taylor

20 63%

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

" Good on the Marigold team for creating unlikely franchise fare, and for resisting the temptation to coddle the mystique of their "exotic" setting. But any fear of cultural imperialism has been replaced with imperialism of dullness. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Andrew Lapin

21 11%

Unfinished Business (2015)

" A fumbling mix of sentimental family fable and gross-out sex comedy. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Mark Jenkins

22 95%

American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

" It's well worth a watch for the exceptional acting and the solid writing and directing. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Linda Holmes

23 84%

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

" Despite the incredibly dark premise, what distinguishes the early stages of The Last Man On Earth is the light and sure-footed way that a lot of obvious logical questions are totally ignored, while a lot of human questions are embraced and explored. "

Posted Mar 2, 2015

Linda Holmes

24 76%

House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

" House of Cards benefits from hurried viewing. It keeps you from noticing how much of a political soap opera it really is, or questioning who to root for, since every major character is just different shades of self-obsessed and power-hungry. "

Posted Mar 2, 2015

Eric Deggans

25 90%

Eastern Boys (2015)

" Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride. "

Posted Feb 27, 2015

Bob Mondello

26 97%

'71 (2015)

" '71 may not illuminate all that much, but it consistently electrifies. "

Posted Feb 26, 2015

Mark Jenkins

27 84%

Wild Canaries (2015)

" It's evident that the film is largely a lark, that Levin is having fun creating comic sparks by smashing a murder mystery together with a group of self-centered detectives, plot details be damned. "

Posted Feb 26, 2015

Tomas Hachard

28 55%

Focus (2015)

" The second half feels like Ficarra and Requa ran out of ideas and just hit restart. "

Posted Feb 26, 2015

Andrew Lapin

29 84%

Queen and Country (2015)

" Far from a searing drama yet seldom takes the glib way out. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Mark Jenkins

30 100%

Approaching the Elephant ()

" It's a visceral, experiential, and absorbing viewing experience, not an educational issue doc. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Tomas Hachard

31 79%

McFarland USA (2015)

" Yes, there's a formula. Yes, it's corny. But running is about the journey, not the destination, and Disney sports movies don't know how to quit until everyone has crossed the finish line. Bless them for it. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Andrew Lapin

32 95%

Wild Tales (2015)

" The film is an anthology - a collection of six separate and unrelated stories - every one of which lives up to that title. "

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Bob Mondello

33 59%

The Last 5 Years (2015)

" Kendrick qualifies as the movie's secret weapon - actually not so secret now that she's charmed audiences in both 'Into the Woods' and 'Pitch Perfect.' "

Posted Feb 13, 2015

Bob Mondello

34 35%

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015)

" It's tempting to call the film muddled and be done with it, but there's an inventiveness and beauty to Lee's visuals here ... and an experimentation in the execution that's hard to ignore. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Tomas Hachard

35 64%

The Rewrite (2015)

" Hanging out with Keith and Holly in this kindly, observant movie is a perfectly pleasant way to pass ninety-odd minutes. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Ella Taylor

36 100%

GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015)

" Methodical and agonizing, much like the five-year dispute it depicts. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Mark Jenkins

37 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

" Kingsman ... keeps finding new ways to surprise with well-trodden territory. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Andrew Lapin

38 100%

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Better Call Saul, which quickly shifts to six years before Breaking Bad's time, is a rare achievement: a great new series born from one of the best dramas in recent TV history. "

Posted Feb 9, 2015

Eric Deggans

39 73%

The Voices (2015)

" Like most slasher lampoons, The Voices tries to be as bloody and creepy as flicks that take psycho-killing more seriously. This is a major waste of time in a movie that's about a half-hour longer than its setup justifies. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Mark Jenkins

40 25%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

" It's not bad in that fascinating, Wachowskian way-it's bad in the same way as most bad sci-fi. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Andrew Lapin

41 86%

Ballet 422 (2015)

" Where's the excitement? It's there for those of us who love good movies about the process of collaborative work done for the love of it. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Ella Taylor

42 90%

Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's a warmth to the show, though, that feels earned. It has promise. It's a family with a lot of rootable, likable people in it. "

Posted Feb 4, 2015

Linda Holmes

43 100%

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Better Call Saul not only stands right alongside Breaking Bad as a stunningly entertaining TV series, it stands on its own. "

Posted Feb 4, 2015

David Bianculli

44 99%

Timbuktu (2015)

" A film that's a mix of tones, of satire and melodrama and tragedy, that somehow jells. "

Posted Jan 30, 2015

David Edelstein

45 99%

Timbuktu (2015)

" [Sissako] has made a film of unforgettable anger, yet tempered his outrage with humor, compassion and visual poetry. "

Posted Jan 29, 2015

Mark Jenkins

46 13%

The Loft (2015)

" It's as nasty as its heroes, and isn't competent enough to know it. "

Posted Jan 29, 2015

Andrew Lapin

47 92%

Girlhood (2015)

" Sciamma deserves all credit for filling [a] vacuum. By its end, though, Girlhood, by comparison, feels like the work of a sympathetic outsider who can't resist working her own agenda. "

Posted Jan 29, 2015

Ella Taylor

48 91%

The Departed (2006)

" This crime thriller is a profane, blood-drenched joy to watch. "

Posted Jan 25, 2015

Bob Mondello

49 93%

The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)

" Strickland hides much beneath the surface in The Duke of Burgundy, but the movie is also a delight to look upon ... "

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Tomas Hachard